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    Caged for a Kiss! UK-Saudi Girl to Be Freed After Father's Four Year Jail Term

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    A Saudi academic has been ordered to return his 21-year-old daughter by a British High Court judge after she complained of being imprisoned in Jeddah.

    Lawyers representing the young girl, named Amina Al-Jeffery said that the ruling by Mr Justice Holman was a landmark case and that they expected the girl's father, Mohammed Al-Jeffery to comply immediately.

    ​Miss Al-Jeffery who is grew up in Swansea but has duel British and Saudi Arabian nationality, said that her father locked her up in his flat in Saudi Arabia because she had "kissed a guy."

    ​The young girl described herself as being "locked in a cage," however the allegations were disputed by her father who said he was only trying to protect her.

    The situation was analyzed by Mr. Justice Holman who heard the case at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London; he concluded that Miss Al-Jeffery's freedom of movement had been constrained. He said that even though she had not been literally caged, the situation she was in could be described as caged.

    The judge said that as a British citizen abroad her life was in peril and she needed protection.

    ​He concluded he had the power to make protective orders and said doing nothing would be a "dereliction."

    This ruling comes shortly after British women named Samia Shahid visited her estranged parents near the city of Mangla in northeastern Pakistan, when she died on July 20. Her husband Syed Mukhtar Kazim alleged that she had been murdered due to the fact that she had married him. However, her family claim she had not been murdered but died of natural causes.

    ​With the issue of honor killings coming to the forefront, news that this young girl will finally be freed and allowed home may come as a welcome surprise.

    Solicitor Anne-Marie Hutchinson, who represented Miss Al-Jeffery, said the ruling was a landmark one and would help other British citizens abroad who found themselves facing similar problems.

    "We have got exactly what we wanted. We are delighted. My only concern is I don't think Amina knows," Hutchinson said.

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